Last week, Google silently rolled out a new feature for their search algorithm called "Search, plus Your World," with an emphasis on the "plus." What Google has managed to do is to give their own service, Google +, more clout than any other social network within their search results. With this strategic move, Google has lost… Continue reading Google has lost its way with personalized results
A few days ago, Google began censoring search results with the word "torrent" in the query. Although this is only for their auto-complete and Google Instant searches, it shows something more disturbing. Why would Google block searches on torrents? Their business model is built on selling ads on search results pages so Google has no incentive to… Continue reading Google Censoring Torrent Searches
Every month I am filled with dread. I am on my phone constantly monitoring how much data I have used so that I don't go over my 2GB data cap forced on me by AT&T when I bought my iPhone 4. When I bought the phone, I was childish enough to think that 2GB would… Continue reading Data Caps are Shortsighted
It seems like such a long time ago that I was studying Jammie Thomas' case for my article on digital piracy. It seems that she lost her retrial and has been fined $1.5 million for sharing 1,700 songs. Before her retrial, the RIAA wanted to settle with her for $222,222. She refused. I do not… Continue reading Spinning Like A Broken Record: Jammie Thomas-Rasset fined $1.5 Million
I refuse to call them XFINITY because I think their attempts to change their brand are futile. No change of name will change the horrible experience I've had with different customer service representatives. Below is a transcript of the dialog I had with a customer service rep of Comcast. Decide for yourself if I'm over… Continue reading What Is Comcast Doing?
In the past week, the nerds on the Internet were up in arms about Apple blocking Google Voice from it's app store and for good reason. This is not the first time that Apple has blocked an application for asinine reasons. Their reason for blocking Google Voice? It "duplicates iPhone features." I'm sorry, but NO… Continue reading Why We Need the iPhone Jailbreak Community
Don't get me wrong, Can Jam 2009 was a blast and the vendors and people there were very nice, for the most part. One thing that was brought to my attention was the fact that girls are ostracized. I went with my good friend Vivian who has been into audio gear since she was little.… Continue reading The Problem with Can Jam
I am infuriated by the picture of the Spanish basketball team using their fingers to pull back the skin of their eyes to make the "chink eye" look. This photo was run as an advertisement in Spain. If that wasn't enough, the Spanish tennis team was caught striking the same, offensive pose, pouring salt on… Continue reading Olympic Ignoramuses: I’m talking to you, Spain and Argentina
After debating whether or not to buy the iPod Touch 2.0 firmware for $10, I gave in and purchased the firmware (which should be free but that's for another post). I was excited to see all the cool new (and finalized) apps that I could use. I had jailbroken my iPod and had a bunch… Continue reading I Paid $10 to Break My iPod Touch
What is with the American obsession with the Modern Language Association of America's style of formatting a paper? Do other countries have something similar to the MLA format where a paper is not taken seriously if it is not in a certain format? To my surprise, some professors will not even look at your paper… Continue reading MLA
CNet executive editor, Molly Wood has written and interesting blog post about a user's experience with DRM on his TiVo."I got an email today from a pretty furious Comcast user, who writes: 'This morning, my kids and I decided to watch a TiVo HD recording we made last night of The Making of John Adams.… Continue reading DRM Infesting TiVo?
I don't know why but it really irks me when people call it the iPod Touch the iTouch. That's not what the product is called! I just read an article on Gizmodo that referred to the iPod Touch as the iTouch and it irked me enough to blog about it. I'm usually pretty irked if… Continue reading It’s not called the iTouch!